All change!

This time next week every member of every golf club in GB & Ireland should have a Handicap Index, rather than an Exact Handicap, as we're moving from CONGU's Unified System of Handicapping  (CONGU is the Council of National Golf Unions in England, Wales, Scotland...

Rules from Carnoustie

When I hear the word "Carnoustie" the image of a previously unknown French golfer standing in the Barry Burn with his trousers rolled up above his knees, comes to mind.  Jean Van de Velde's nightmarish 18th hole on the Sunday evening of the 1999 Open was like...

Add Distance to your Drives

On Saturday one of my four ball complained several times about being out-driven and generally not being able to hit as far as she used to, so when I got home I searched the Internet for remedies, since I was outdriven many times by the other two players.  I came...

World Handicap System for Dummies!

You may have spotted Golf Ireland posting about the impending introduction of the World Handicap System on Facebook and Twitter.  A few weeks ago I blogged on this topic, but I thought it would be useful to share some of the resources prepared by Golf Ireland, since...

Pace Putting

My driver has been working reasonably well recently but I dropped several points on Friday evening thanks to my dodgy putting.  It didn't take long trawling the internet to come across this surprisingly simple tip from Maureen Madill.  One of my playing partners...

Are you ready for a new handicap?

It's just six weeks until the World Handicap System takes over and your CONGU handicap is consolidated into a single portable index!  To sort the facts from fiction, the folks at Today's Golfer teamed up with Scottish Golf and England Golf to help us make sense of...

Why are they putting holes in our greens?

If you've been down at the club in the past week you'll have realised that our greens were hollow tined and sanded. You probably complained about having to putt on temporary greens or if you were fortunate to have missed that experience it's likely that you blamed...

Wrong Ball Dilemma!

I was standing outside the locker room on Saturday afternoon, exhausted after my fourth round in six days, when one of my friends shouted over, "What's the penalty for playing the wrong ball?"  She was obviously "asking for a friend" because she wouldn't do such a...

Rules Quiz

I reckon that most golfers know most of the rules of the game but only a select few know (and understand) all of them.  I'd go as far to say that many golfers think they know more than they actually do! That's why it's recommended that you always carry a copy of the...

Engage the core for a wider swing

Well, how did you get on with last week's putting drill?  I'm guessing that you found it harder than you expected. By coincidence an e-mail appeared in my in-box over the weekend with a link to another drill, demonstrated by Maureen Madill, which she says Henrik has...